Friday, August 27, 2021

Enstrom 280C, N9285: Accident occurred August 21, 2021 and Incident occurred October 21, 2016

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida
Enstrom Helicopter

Location: Port Orange, Florida 
Accident Number: ERA21LA339
Date and Time: August 21, 2021, 13:30 Local 
Registration: N9285
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On August 21, 2021, about 1330 eastern daylight time, an Enstrom 280C, N9285, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident in Daytona Beach, Florida. The pilot was not injured. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations
Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, he conducted a local flight around the airport and was approaching to land. Just prior to touchdown, the helicopter made an uncommanded climb and started to spin to the right. The pilot applied full left pedal, but the helicopter continued to spin to the right. He lowered the collective and the helicopter landed hard on the skids. The left skid was damaged during landing and the tail rotor contacted the ground damaging the tail rotor blades.

Examination of the helicopter revealed that the tail rotor drive shaft was spinning inside the coupling and not connected by a through bolt. The coupling and a section of the drive shaft was forwarded to the National Transportation Safety Board’s Material Laboratory for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N9285
Model/Series: 280C
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KDAB,41 ft msl 
Observation Time: 13:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 34°C /24°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 4400 ft AGL 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 250°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 18000 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.96 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 29.079762,-81.04711 (est)

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Long Beach, California

October 21, 2016: Rotorcraft during autorotation struck the tail.

Date: 21-OCT-16
Time: 21:55:00Z
Regis#: N9285
Aircraft Make: ENSTROM
Aircraft Model: 280
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Activity: Instruction
State: California

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